Ellen Story

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Stew Leonard’s
Director of Management Development

Years with company: 26 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
Bachelor’s degree from College of William & Mary and MBA from University of Connecticut; I am a past member of the Yonkers Public Schools Occupational Advisory Council, Yonkers Chamber of Commerce Youth Council, Literacy Volunteers of America, and Norwalk Mentor Program.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
Tom Arthur, first president of the Yonkers Stew Leonard’s location; He was the master of people skills and thoughtful, creative problem-solving.  Sadly, he passed away a year ago from pancreatic cancer.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?  Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I am especially proud to have been part of the opening of our first location outside of Connecticut back in 1999.  More recently, I am so pleased to have introduced a “Leadership Boot Camp” for our high-potential leaders in the organization as we look to open more stores and plan for the future.

Most challenging part of your job:
Communicating all of the wonderful programs, news, and information we have to share with our very diverse workforce and doing it well.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
Be open to all opportunities that cross your path.  I’ve spent time working with our wine group as well as over a year in our meat department.  Learn, learn, learn!

Hobbies:
Yoga, collecting and enjoying wine.